Three-plus decades before Latin music exploded internationally, Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers were, in current parlance, "da bomb." Granted, their records lacked today’s glitz and they had no dazzling frontman or cover girl, but the bands led by timbalero Henry "Pucho" Brown offered a singularly torrid, Latin soul-jazzy take on boogaloos and shing-a-lings that would keep crowds dancing long into the next day. Pucho’s raw-throated singer, Jackie Soul, had clearly studied Otis Redding’s Dictionary, the horn-playing Pazant brothers and keyboardist-arranger Neal Creque (later with Grant Green and Eddie "Cleanhead’ Vinson) were talented musicians with strong jazz orientations, and the rhythm section (more like a mini-phalanx) joined James Brown and Spanish Harlem at the hip. This package, more than 77 minutes in length, is a sampling of four stand-out Prestige LPs; it’s a delicious taste of the music that has made Pucho the toast of Britain’s one-step-ahead, acid-jazz set.
Henry "Pucho" Brown with Al Pazant, Eddie Pazant, Seldon Powell, Neal Creque, Billy Butler, Seaborn Westbrook, Bernard Purdie, Joe Armstrong, Norberto Apellaniz, William Bivens, Jr., Barry Rogers, William Allen, Richard Landrum, Jimmy Phillips, Cecil Jackson, and others